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Randy George Phillips

Sep. 15, 1950 - Oct. 19, 2021

Date of Service: Oct. 28, 2021

RUPERT – Randy George Phillips passed away peacefully at his home north of Rupert, Idaho, the afternoon of Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the age of 71.

He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on September 15, 1950, and was one of six children born to Jean Phillips and Vernon “Callan” Phillips. Randy moved with his family at the age of eight to Minidoka County. Randy graduated from Minico High School in 1968 and some years later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Idaho.

Randy spent most of his life in the Mini-Cassia area and spent many years working in the agricultural industry. He was an avid camper and would spend as much time as possible in the summer months camping in his VW Van and later with his tear drop camp trailer that he refurbished himself. One of Randy’s favorite events to attend was the annual Burning Man festival held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The many friends that Randy made throughout the years looked forward to seeing Randy sporting his kilt while attending the Burning Man festival.

One of Randy’s desires was to build and live in an authentic Mongolian yurt. He made that desire a reality by ordering a yurt and furnishings directly from Mongolia and built it with the assistance of his sisters, Louise and Robyn, in their backyard in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Randy was a talented man and made many beautiful hand-crafted wood items for friends and family. He also loved working on his collection of vintage cars and motorcycles and his neighbors appreciated Randy’s home at Christmas time as he would place lanterns along his driveway in the evening for all to enjoy. Though some saw him as a quiet gentle man, he also had a keen and impish sense of humor that will be missed by all.

He is survived by his sisters, Louise Rasmussen and Robyn Hardman, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico; stepbrother, Randy Hanshew of Rupert, Idaho; and stepsister, Sherri Anderson of Savannah, Georgia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Joan Phillips, Jamie Rasmussen and Janet Phillips; and stepbrother Steven Hanshew.

Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.

A graveside service will be held at noon Thursday, October 28, at Taylor Cemetery, located at 720 E. 129 S., of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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From George Coe:
Randy and I had conversed a few times on a teardrop trailer forum we belonged to, I never though I would get to know him more personal at that point. He started to put on what he called the "Mordor" trips and I attended most of them. That is where I really got to know Randy. We shared many common interest and had many a great talks around the camp fires we shared on these trips.

You always think that there will be another trip to share, but then there is the news that breaks the heart. I did not know you very long my fiend, but I will miss you like a friend that I had all my life. I wish we had more time, more trips, more conversations into the night, but alas it is not to be.

Be free my friend! Till me meet again on the trails of Mordor. George.

From Steve Hernandez:
I had the privilege to know Randy while we had employment at a farm south of Burley. During conversations I came to know of the knowledge he possessed, ventures in life, and how he enjoyed being on the road in his trailer, taking time to enjoy the scenery. Talking with Randy I could feel his care for family, friends, and neighbors. Peace and comfort to his family!

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